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New Year's at Mohegan Manor

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Syracuse Area Music Awards Hall-of-Fame vocalist Nancy Kelly is the featured performer Dec. 31, in the Green Room at Mohegan Manor. She'll also leave her quartet behind to sing a few tunes with keyboardist Butch Lyman in the lounge.

Last year, Kelly righteously rocked an audience of more than 6,000 at the 25th annual Syracuse Jazz Fest at Onondaga Community College. Backed there by her quartet, Kelly drew wild applause from the teeming crowd with tunes such as "I'll Be Seeing You" and "I've Got the World on a String," one of the cuts from her most recent disc "Born to Swing," on Amherst Records.

"Born to Swing" kicks off with a boppish version of Koehler & Arlen's "I've Got the World on a String," settles in with Van Heusen & Burke's "Like Someone in Love," then reinvents Cole Porter's "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To."

Jazz Times magazine critic Bill Milkowski describes Kelly's approach to scatting and swinging as "take no prisoners." While Kelly hails from the Lake Ontario village of Fair Haven, Milkowski called her "a world-class jazz singer in the feisty, swinging tradition of Anita O'Day . . . she demonstrates superb phrasing, excellent time, great intonation and tons of chops."

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